Reserve Fact File: Cronk y Bing Nature Reserve

Monday 7th August 2017

Cronk y Bing Nature Reserve Entrace © Dawn Dickens

Learn about this fantastic coastal nature reserve and spot the wonderful wildlife with our Spotter Sheet

Nine of our twenty-four reserves are open to the public and we encourage locals and visitors alike to visit them and enjoy their tranquillity and cherish the sights and sounds found on them. This column hopes to encourage you to visit some of these areas and use the Spotters Guide to explore them. So, why not make your life a little wilder and take up this monthly challenge?

Cronk y Bing Nature Reserve


The reserve can be found at map reference NX378014; Latitude and longitude 54°22’59.02”N 04°29’56.31”W


Take the A10 travelling from Jurby towards Andreas, travel for 1.8 miles and you will reach a right hand 90° bend in the road which goes over a narrow humped back bridge, take the track which leads off this bend to the left. It is an uneven track so please drive carefully, at the bottom of the track is a car parking area and turning place. Exit the car park by walking down the track leading to the sea and you will see the sign and entrance gate to the reserve on your right.

Exploring time

If you walk through the reserve and back along the beach it will take approx 30 minutes.

This reserve is completely different in character to our other reserves being a dune system, and even on windy days the dunes offer protection and act like a sun trap. You will be walking across sand and if you walk to the top of the reserve before going on the beach be aware that the waterway of the Lhen trench is on your right, is deep and fast flowing and has very steep sides. However if you stay on the path this is not a problem.

Things to See

At this time of year, the dunes are packed with wildflowers, butterflies and moths and a delight to walk through. Look out for the beautiful purple spikes of the pyramidal orchids, the pink and white trumpet flowers of sea bindweed, the tufted purple flowers of sheep’s bit and a the nodding blue bell shaped flowers of harebells.

Being a fantastic sun trap means the insect life flourishes here, like them or hate them look in the gorse bushes here and you will see the funnel shaped webs of the labyrinth spiders. These shy and retiring spiders hide down the tunnels nurturing their eggs, you might just get a glimpse of one! You might see the startling black and red of the 6 spot burnet moth, a day flying moth with it’s spotted wings, or even the similarly coloured cinnabar moth with red stripes on it’s top wings and red underwings. The Cinnabar moth has bright yellow and black striped caterpillars which look very like tiger’s tails, keep an eye out for them.

If you walk back along the beach be sure to take your binoculars and look for the ariel antics of the diving gannets, listen to the peep peep call of the oystercatchers and on the low water mark watch for the ringed plovers running up and down as the waves roll up the beach. Please be mindful on our beaches as many sea birds nest at the top of the beach, their eggs and chicks are so well camouflaged they are not easy to spot. Keep to the sea edge as you walk along and if you see any birds that are calling continually, remaining nearby rather than flying off or dive bombing you please walk quickly from the area.

Species Spotter Challenge

Take along our Spotter sheet, all these things can be readily seen from the paths with keen eyes! It makes a great focus for any visit and great for engaging children with nature as well as providing more facts.
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